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About Us

 I grew up in the forests, fields and empty lots of a  suburb northwest of Chicago, obtained an undergraduate degree in  biology from Northeastern Illinois University, and migrated south to Clemson University where I studied  under Sidney Gauthreaux, Jr.

After  graduating with a master’s degree in ornithology in 1972, I  began teaching at Fernbank Science Center  in DeKalb County, Georgia, a career that  lasted for  28.5 years.  My position included  teaching ornithology, ecology and animal behavior to grades K-12 along  with  numerous adult workshops that included natural history and birding  trips  throughout the United States,  Central and South America and Africa.

In addition  to teaching, I have written over 50 articles for the Fernbank  Quarterly and The  Oriole, the journal of the Georgia Ornithological Society.  I began and operated a  MAPS  (Monitoring Avian Productivity and  Survivorship) banding station in Fernbank Forest, conducted schoolyard  wildlife  habitat workshops for the staff and students for DeKalb County Schools,  and certify backyard wildlife sanctuaries for Atlanta Audubon Society.

Since 1992, I have planned and conducted bird  identification workshops in the  southeastern United  States  for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife  Services, the US Forest Service, The Longleaf Alliance and Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Kentucky State Wildlife agencies to enable their wildlife  biologists to inventory and monitor  neotropical migratory birds.

I  am a three time Past-President of the Atlanta Audubon Society and have  served as  Education Director, Vice-President and Director of Communications for  Audubon.  I was also the Chairperson of the  Editorial  Committee for the Georgia Ornithological Society and am currently on  both the technical and  advisory committees for the Important Bird Areas of Georgia.  In addition, I have consulted on various  environmental educational projects and wrote the bird curriculum for a joint program between Ecuador and Georgia  entitled Our Shared Forests.  I  am also a certified Master Gardener for DeKalb County, Georgia and  created a similar program, Master Birders, for Atlanta Audubon.

In 2008, I received the Writer of the Year Award from the Atlanta Branch of The National League of American Pen Women, Inc. and in 2010 received the Earle R. Greene Memorial Award by the Georgia Ornithological Society ofr Achievement in Ornithology and Bird Education.

I felt I had enough teaching left in  me to offer programs and workshops so I began my own business, Birding  Adventures  Inc.  I certainly wanted to continue taking people to some of the  best birding locations in the world.  Birding  trips have taken my groups to  Alaska, Maine, Texas (Rio  Grande Valley), S.E. Arizona, Canada (Churchill, Lake Louise, Banff,  Pt. Pelee), Washington (Olympic Peninsula and the Cascades), Montana  (Glacier National Park), The Great Smoky Mountains, Africa (Kenya),  Peru  (Amazon River, Cock of the Rock, Amazonia, Manu National Park and Machu  Picchu), Belize (Chan Chich and Lamanai Lodge),  Costa Rica (Monteverde, La Selva OTS, Savegre River, Cerro de la  Muerte,   Carara, Las Cruces, Tortuguero, Corcovada, Braulio Carrillo, Tempisque  River, Tapanti, Palo Verde, Santa Rosa), Ecuador (Tinalandia, Mindo,  Napo River, Cotopaxi, Podocarpus NP, and  San Ignacio) and Venezuela.

In  addition, I wanted to share some  of the articles and activities that I have written over the  past 35 years.  No point in keeping them in a file drawer.   Feel  free to use them or teach with them.

Good Birding!